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Clearwire Voyager Wireless Repeater

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March 30, 2013 12:27:35 PM

I have a Clearwire Voyager and want to extend the wifi range with a wireless router functioning as a repeater. Some of the difficulties of connecting a router functioning as a repeater are:

1. The Voyager uses a 4G connection to connect to a cell tower and functions as a modem and wireless router in one.

2. The Voyager only has a micro USB slot as an external connect point, so no ethernet.

Any thoughts?
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March 30, 2013 12:49:02 PM

You should be able to use most repeaters on the market. This really is no different than repeating the signal from any wireless router.

Your other option is to connect it to router via the USB. The tricky part is there are only so many routers that allow you to connect a cell modem to the router. If you search for 3g/4g broadband router you should get a selection...read the fine print the router needs a driver for pretty much each devices and it can vary bases on the cell provider. Now you are limited to 15ft of cable and the only advantage to hooking it to a real router is that it can run 802.11n and maybe transmit a little more power. The clear device is battery powered and some people say it does not transmit at maximum power....I don't know if that is true, the chip they use can if they choose transmit the maximum legal levels.
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March 30, 2013 3:56:50 PM

Thanks John, but I want to use one of the three routers I have on hand as a repeater and none of them have a USB connection.

There are three transmission levels for the Voyager. I have already selected Long over Medium and Short.

john-b691 said:
You should be able to use most repeaters on the market. This really is no different than repeating the signal from any wireless router.

Your other option is to connect it to router via the USB. The tricky part is there are only so many routers that allow you to connect a cell modem to the router. If you search for 3g/4g broadband router you should get a selection...read the fine print the router needs a driver for pretty much each devices and it can vary bases on the cell provider. Now you are limited to 15ft of cable and the only advantage to hooking it to a real router is that it can run 802.11n and maybe transmit a little more power. The clear device is battery powered and some people say it does not transmit at maximum power....I don't know if that is true, the chip they use can if they choose transmit the maximum legal levels.


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March 30, 2013 4:11:40 PM

A repeater is a very special device. It must be able to act both as a client and a access point. It users the client part to connect to the original router more or less pretending it is a PC and then connects to other PC via the AP part of the device.

If one of your routers can run as a client may times called bridge mode then you can make your own repeater using 2 of your routers. You would set one router to bridge mode and set all the ssid and security parms to match the clear box. Then you would connect it with a ethernet cable to the second router and set that router to AP mode...or plug into the lan port and disable DHCP.

If none of your routers can do client mode you are going to have to buy a device of some sort to do what you want. You may also want to research if one of your routers can load 3rd party firmware like dd-wrt or open-wrt. Both these support bridge mode and even repeater mode on some routers.
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